A Politics of Excess:

Robert Hyland

in Horror to the Extreme

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099722
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207028 | DOI:
A Politics of Excess:

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This chapter examines the origins of extreme cinema as a politicized cinema, which uses an extreme aesthetic as a single aspect of its radical politics. It also examines the violence in Miike Takashi's Audition and links the violence within “Asia Extreme” films to a politics of excess. It argues that “Asia Extreme” cinema is an overtly political cinema and that the films of Miike Takashi represent a challenge to the complacent cinema of the studio system, especially through an aesthetic of “excess” and “a politic of aggression.”

Keywords: extreme cinema; extreme aesthetic; violence; Miike Takashi; Audition; Asia Extreme; aggression

Chapter.  8679 words. 

Subjects: Film

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